Canada Logistics Conference 2018  -  Learning Sessions  -  Your Career, Leadership and Digital Future of Supply Chain

Your Career, Leadership and Digital Future of Supply Chain

Future-proof your career and leadership abilities in an era of breakneck technological innovation and adoption

Friday, October 26 • 9:15 am - 10:00 am

Like most industries, transportation and logistics is confronting immense change – and like all change, it brings both risk and opportunity.

The Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC) released two reports in 2018: The Digital Supply Chain: Creating Skills for the Future and Accelerator 2.0: A Call to Action. These reports show that supply chain companies must adopt “transformative” technologies now to remain competitive, embrace a culture that promotes new ways of doing things, understand the impacts of new technologies on their people and educate employees on those impacts. The research also makes clear that employees must have new skills to use new technologies. Individuals without relevant skills may find themselves obsolete.

Based on the findings of these reports, Pat Campbell, Executive Director of the CSCSC, will kick off the session with an overview of the top technologies expected to impact supply chains in the next three to five years. She will share strategies that employers and individuals can implement to help remove barriers to technology adoption.

Douglas Harrison, President & CEO of VersaCold Canada, will follow with a candid discussion about the skills of the future and how supply chain professionals can lead through this tumultuous time, and proactively plan their learning and career development in light of the reports’ findings. The discussion will be moderated by Pina Melchionna, President & CEO of CITT.

The discussion will include:

  • How today’s leaders are planning to succeed in a rapidly evolving industry
  • The role of leadership and soft skills in an era of technical expertise
  • What the skills of the ideal employee of the near future looks like
  • How to prioritize your skill development for your career goals
  • How to make your company’s digital transformation successful

The session will conclude with a Q&A period.


Pat Campbell, MA, PMP
Executive Director, Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council

Pat’s career experiences are a reflection of her passions for stakeholder engagement and partnership building. From the foundation she established in earning an M.A. in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University—for which her thesis looked at the economic, social and cultural impacts of free trade on the lives of women and children in a manufacturing area in Northern Mexico—Pat has worked with various provincial, federal and aboriginal government agencies on public/private project initiatives and in a number of labour and non-profit environments.

One of her most gratifying experiences was with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General & Native Affairs, serving as Stakeholder Liaison on the team that negotiated the first successful land claim settlement in the province. Through subsequent roles, Pat continued to develop her skills in stakeholder engagement. Her expertise in bringing together people with diverse perspectives to tackle challenges has led to the creation of sound, strategic solutions for numerous clients, partners and stakeholders.

Giving to her community—through volunteer work with Muskoka Women's Advisory Group, South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, the Royal Canadian Legion and Midwives of Muskoka—Pat demonstrates the same values of building trust and enhancing capacity that are reflected in her work life.

Douglas J. Harrison, CCLP, MBA, CPA, CMA, ICD.D
President & CEO, VersaCold

Doug Harrison is President & CEO of VersaCold Logistics Services. Previously, Doug served as Chief Operating Officer of Day & Ross Transportation Group (a subsidiary of McCain Foods); President of Acklands-Grainger, Canada’s leading industrial and safety supply company; and Vice President and Managing Director for Ryder Integrated Logistics, where he oversaw Ryder’s business units in Canada and Europe. Doug has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 leaders and was honoured by the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation with its Award of Excellence. He has been named an FSCMA, by the Supply Chain Management Association. He is also the recipient of the National Transportation Award of Achievement and is an Alumni of Distinction from Mohawk College.

With an MBA from Heriot-Watt University (Scotland), Doug is also a Graduate of CITT’s CCLP program and holds a number of other transportation and logistics designations. He has been awarded the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Doug currently serves on the Boards of Superior Plus Corp (TSX:SPB) the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) and is Chair of the Board of the Canadian Commercial Corporation. In the past, he served on the Boards of The Conference Board of Canada, Hamilton Utilities Corporation, Horizon Utilities, Mohawk College and was Chair of the Board of Directors at Livingston International for many years.

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